Getting Gender on the Agenda

Deborah Singer MBE

This is a collection of personal reflections from Deborah Singer MBE about the Women's Project at Asylum Aid. 

When the Women's Project suggested providing childcare during asylum interviews, the Home Office laughed. Now they provide childcare across the UK.

When we suggested female asylum seekers be automatically allocated female interviewers for their asylum interviews, the Home Office said this was operationally impossible. Now they tell us that their pilot in Glasgow proved very successful.

Over its twenty years, the Women's Project (formerly the Refugee Women's Resource Project) at Asylum Aid has been unique in focusing solely on asylum decision making from a feminist perspective. It has also provided a model for working on women's issues within a mainstream organisation.